In a display of national and sporting pride, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić inaugurated the newly built 'Kraljevica' football stadium in Zaječar, Serbia. The event was marked by a significant turnout of supporters, particularly from the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS). Attendees arrived early from various parts of Serbia, including major cities like Belgrade, Negotin, and Bor. The stadium, part of a triad along with Leskovac and Loznica, was built in accordance with the highest UEFA standards.
Massive Turnout Raises Questions
The surge of attendees resulted in congestion at the stadium's entrance, prompting questions about the venue's capacity to accommodate everyone. The stadium can seat 8,168 spectators. This practice of mass mobilization is seen as a common strategy of the SNS to demonstrate widespread support during pre-election campaigns. The event was also graced by performances from cultural and artistic societies, adding a festive flair to the proceedings.
Children and Public Utilities Employees at The Inauguration
Among the attendees were many children, including junior members of local clubs, and employees from public utilities who contributed to the construction of the stadium. The presence of these individuals underscored the sense of community and collective effort that went into the creation of this sporting venue.
Prominent Guests and Staunch Security
Local officials and prominent guests, including Milorad Dodik and UEFA chief Aleksandar Čeferin, were also present at the inauguration. Security was stringent, with comprehensive checks on SNS supporters entering the stadium. The Zaječar opening echoes a similar event in Loznica the previous day, where President Vučić also inaugurated a new stadium. The whole project cost 3.3 billion dinars, underlining Serbia's commitment to advancing its sporting infrastructure in line with UEFA standards.